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Reading, Grades 3-6

This year your student will be participating in an exciting reading program created especially for middle-grade readers! The Read Side by Side Reading Program is built on chapter reading to increase reading interest. Students will learn to "read like detectives" as they improve reading skill.

Join us in ensuring your student's success by promoting a love of reading at home!



In class, students will listen and follow along as the teacher reads. They will discuss the book and write in response to reading. Students will be introduced to new genres, topics, and authors. They will expand their reading interests.


To expose students to challenging books, model fluent reading, discuss books together, and broaden students' reading interests.

Book Clubs

In class, students will be matched to a text according to their level. They will read and write about the book and meet in a small group to discuss what was read. Students will have the opportunity to increase their reading level as they grow in skill!


Students learn best when books provide just the right amount of challenge! 


At home, read favorite books to your child!

Model reading at a moderate speed and with good expression!

Stop to talk about the book 2-3 times per chapter.

Download reading logs for at home-reading!

Narrative Reading Log

Nonfiction Reading Log

At home, read with your child!

1. Hold the book between you and your child.

2. Point to the words as you read together.

3. Read with both voices sounding like one voice.

4. The adult reader sets the pace.

5. Stop to talk about the book 2-3 times per chapter.

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Practice reading like a detective at home!


Divide your book into quadrants.

Take the number of pages in the book and divide by 4.

Put sticky notes in the book to mark the end of each quadrant.


Read! Stop when you get to the end of a quadrant.

Discuss the book together.

Use the CIA approach to guide your discussion.

Questions to ask as you finish each quadrant:

  • Who are the important characters? What are you learning about them?
  • Where and when does the story take place?
  • What is the big problem in the book?
  • What has happened so far in the book?
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the main character?
  • How does the author make this book enjoyable or interesting?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What is the author trying to tell you? What makes you think that?
  • Tell me about your book!
  • What do you think the author is trying to tell you? Why?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the author's message? Why?
  • Would you read another book like this one?

Shop Home Resources

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Read Together
Reading Kits

Each kit provides a high-interest book and parent friendly directions for reading together!

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Series Books
Book Bags

Each bag comes with 3 books by a favorite author and book reports.

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Book Reports

Book reports for fiction and nonfiction help students write about their reading!

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CIA Approach
Book Marks

Learn to read like a detective with these helpful book marks!

Looking for a homeschool curriculum?

Homeschool Teacher: 

"This method is wonderful for homeschooling parents because the units are scripted

and the path to independence is clear!"